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NCAA D2: Preview and Predictions

How did we pick Wheeling Jesuit to finish in this year's field? Keep reading to find out. (Chris Myers, Wheeling Jesuit Athletics)

How did we pick Wheeling Jesuit to finish in this year's field? Keep reading to find out. (Chris Myers, Wheeling Jesuit Athletics)

The first three rounds of the NCAA Division 2 championships begin Thursday.

Unlike Division 1, where teams can be place all over the country, squads are slotted based on regions. It makes for a numbers crunch and some good programs getting left out.

There are a total of 24 automatic qualifiers from the conferences, with another 40 teams making the field as at-large selections.

With eight teams being selected from each of the eight regions, some were bound to be on the outside looking in. Minnesota-Duluth was one, despite finishing No. 5 in our Top 25 rankings and No. 7 in the AVCA Top 25.

Northern State, which ended No. 16 in our Top 25 but No. 4 in the AVCA Poll, isn’t in either.

Finishing the regular season No. 1 in both our rankings and the AVCA ones is Concordia-St. Paul, which is one of the eight hosts schools for this weekend.

The national championship, including the quarter and semifinals, are in Tampa next weekend.

We take a look at the eight regions and predict which teams will advance, ultimately picking the 2015 national champion.

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